By: Kartik Kumar
This summer here’s good news for commuters who travel by AC buses of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking. The UT Transport Department has approved the reduction in fares of AC buses and slashed rates of monthly passes by approximately 30 per cent.
However, there is no change in the current fares of non-AC buses, although the price of monthly pass has marginally been reduced from Rs 500 to Rs 470.
The new fares will come into effect following a notification by UT Administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki, which is likely soon.
The new fares for AC buses will be Rs 10 (up to 3 km), Rs 15 (up to 10 km) and Rs 20 (above 10 km). There are no changes in fares of non-AC buses.
The daily and monthly bus pass for AC buses will now cost Rs 40 and Rs 720 respectively.
Transport secretary Bhawna Garg said that the move aimed to encourage more commuters to use public transport services which would significantly reduce the number of vehicles on the road as well as bring down the pollution level.
CTU director T P S Phoolka attributed the change to low passenger turnout in AC buses. He added that CTU was going through a revamp in its operational modes and was aiming to become a Tricity-based public service rather than a city-based transport system. With increased bus service in Mohali and Panchkula and reduction in fares, ridership is expected to rise significantly.
CTU has suffered more than Rs 250 crores of deficit in the last five years. Despite a steep hike in diesel prices, the administration’s decision not to hike bus fares for close to 10 years has been one of the significant reasons for the loss.